When someone says Hybrid car, everyone thinks about the Prius, the car that started the hybrid hype in the world. And, in 2016, it reached its fourth generation.
It is amazing what Toyota could achieve in 20 years of technology between the first and the fourth generation of the Prius. The original concept of an internal combustion engine coupled in parallel with an electric motor worked fine from the beginning and it was kept. But for the 2015 model, that system was installed in the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) that offered the benefits of a lower center of gravity and, most important, a double-wishbone suspension in the rear to enhance comfort and stability.
The outside look was somehow shocking with a very unusual shape of the headlights. The side view shows a very sharp nose and a tall back. That design had its advantage of very good visibility for the driver, but it was often criticized for the rear headroom. At least it had a big trunk.
Inside, the technology everywhere, even if it somehow outdated. In order to keep its price down, Toyota didn't put the best infotainment unit and insisted on recycled materials inside. Those were looking good from the ecology point of view. But not from the quality point of view. But then, the Prius was the hybrid-hype starter and its advantage was an impressive fuel-efficient vehicle.
ENGINE SPECS - 1.8L VVTi CVT (122 HP)
|Power:||72.1 KW @ 5200 RPM|
98 HP @ 5200 RPM
97 BHP @ 5200 RPM
|Torque:||105 lb-ft @ 3600 RPM|
142 Nm @ 3600 RPM
|Electrical motor power:||53 kw (72 hp)|
|Electrical motor torque:||120.2 lb-ft (163 Nm)|
|Total maximum power:||89.7 kw (122 hp)|
|Fuel System:||Multipoint Injection|
|Fuel capacity:||11.4 gallons (43.2 L)|
|Top Speed:||112 mph (180 km/h)|
|Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph):||10.6 s|
|Drive Type:||Front Wheel Drive|
|Tire Size:||195/65 R15 // 215/45 R17|
|Length:||178.7 in (4539 mm)|
|Width:||69.3 in (1760 mm)|
|Height:||57.9 in (1471 mm)|
|Front/rear Track:||59.4/60 in (1,509/1,524 mm)|
|Wheelbase:||106.3 in (2700 mm)|
|Ground Clearance:||5.1 in (130 mm)|
|Cargo Volume:||17.7 cuFT (501 L)|
|Unladen Weight:||3197 lbs (1450 kg)|
|Gross Weight Limit:||3946 lbs (1790 kg)|
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
|City:||71.3 mpg US (3.3 L/100Km)|
|Highway:||71.3 mpg US (3.3 L/100Km)|
|Combined:||71.3 mpg US (3.3 L/100Km)|
|CO2 Emissions:||76 g/km|